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NewatRVs

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2000 Monaco Executive for fulltiming?
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:12:06 PM »
Hi,
We are looking at a 2000 Monaco Executive DP w/150k miles. As first -time RV buyers, we are curious what the veterans think. It appears to be in great shape, although there are 3 cracks on the rear bumper. I am assuming this is due to age-related factors, but unsure. We would have an inspection before pulling the trigger.

Thanks to the forum we have learned an awful lot about RV's, but we would like to get an idea of how much longer we could go with this one and whether it would be suitable for full-timing?

Thanks,
Chris and Heather

TonyDtorch

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Re: 2000 Monaco Executive for fulltiming?
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 05:00:04 PM »
As with most older high-end motorhomes,  they were made well and had new and very nice complex features,  things like anemometer controlled awnings, heated floors, air levelers etc...

but after 17 years some of those things can fail.   Air bags, air lines can leak, water lines can leak, electrical gremlins etc.

If you are a handyman, it's nice livin' .

( and not to mention dealing with a 17 year old big diesel running gear ... ;) )
 
« Last Edit: September 10, 2017, 05:04:27 PM by TonyDtorch »

ArdraF

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Re: 2000 Monaco Executive for fulltiming?
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 05:39:59 PM »
Our 2004 Monaco Executive has 114,000 miles and is great shape.  We're not fulltimers but long-timers with trips anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months.  We bought it new and picked it up from the factory so it's only had one owner.  We take good care of it and have good maintenance records.  It's also been garaged since new so the paint looks great.  Are there any maintenance records for this motorhome?  Most of the things that have gone wrong on ours have been fixable.  A charge air cooler under warranty.  A generator stator had to be replaced.  The Aqua Hot wasn't properly adjusted and had a major repair.  The Splendide died and was replaced as was the refrigerator.  The diesel engine and transmission are working as expected.

As to fulltiming (or even long-time traveling for that matter) is it a floor plan that you like and feel you can live in as your only home?  If not, then maybe pass on this one.  The layout has to be comfortable and it has to have what you need and want.  If the bed is too short, the shower too small, the toilet room too small, and there's not enough storage space then you will grow tired of it very quickly.  On the other hand, you won't really know what you like until you live in an RV for a while so perhaps it's a good buy if the price is right.  I suggest making lists of the pros and cons and "maybe" items.  If there are too many negatives it might not be a good match, but if it's mostly good then probably worth a try.

ArdraF
« Last Edit: September 10, 2017, 05:41:40 PM by ArdraF »
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billwild

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Re: 2000 Monaco Executive for fulltiming?
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2017, 08:54:25 AM »
Tires,(check date does on side of tires, if 7 years old, should be replaced), batteries,  hoses, belts, all will have to be looked at. Go through the coach and test everything. Make sure the fridge works, stove. awning, hot water heater, air conditioner, water pump.  Some very expensive items listed especially if they do not work. Lots to look at, if you know someone who has a motorhome, ask them to come along for an inspection, or better still an RV inspector. Be sure to test drive before buying.. Also factor in the purchase price the cost of repairing that bumper.


Bill

 

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